Bayern Munich and Früchtl agreed on a loan (kicker)
Kicker reports that Bayern and goalkeeping prospect Christian Früchtl are in agreement that he will go out on loan next season. Talks with the club bosses will be held next week to clarify further details.
After the conclusion of the currently interrupted season, Früchtl will be loaned to gather playing time. Offers from abroad and the two highest leagues have already been made. Früchtl’s strategy: while Nübel potentially will sit on the bench for a lot of time behind Manuel Neuer, he would reportedly like to develop with starts and prove himself elsewhere, so that he can then return and fight for Bayern’s goal.
Früchtl is 20 years old and ready to take the next step. Bayern II will presumably give former first-team third keeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann the chance to prove himself.
Hansi Flick expands small groups from 5 to 7 players (Bild)
Starting Monday, Hansi Flick will expand his small training groups from groups of 5 to groups of 7 players. The practices will still observe all the usual rules that have been in effect during the pandemic: the team will observe a safe distance, no one-on-one duels, no shaking hands, and they will eat and shower at home.
Leroy Sané does the “Living Room Cup”
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Ultras reject ghost games, call for total suspension (TZ)
German ultras groups published a collective pamphlet titled “Quarantine for Football — Ghost Games Are Not the Solution.”
The ultras dispute the DFL’s plan to resume the Bundesliga season in May. They argue that lifting the suspension “is not tenable in the current situation — particularly not under the pretense of social responsibility.”
Continuing the season in the near future would be a pure mockery for the rest of society and especially all those who are really engaged in serving society during the coronavirus crisis. Professional soccer has been sick enough for a long time and still belongs in quarantine.
The ultras post several demands. They call for the DFL not to implement its plan to resume the season, obviously. They demand an “objective assessment” with the current situation and a break with the “blind rescue of TV money.” They also say that canceling the season should not be taboo, and they also demand a solution that has as much solidarity as possible.
And finally, the ultras demand a discussion about reforms “so that professional soccer may be made more stable and capable of weathering financial crisis.” The 50+1 rule, naturally, should not be touched, they conclude.
Dszenifer Marosan off to Utah
Germany’s star Dszenifer Marosan will transfer with her teammate Sarah Bouhaddi from Olympique Lyonnais to the Utah Royals FC. The deals were apparently arranged prior to the season hiatus.
The women are a massive boon for Utah: Marosan, as we know, is one of the most outstanding attacking players in the world, while her teammate Bouhaddi is the first goalkeeper for Lyon and France. Not bad.